Ron Peterson first came to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 1997 for evaluation for a lung transplant. During that visit, he stayed at the top of Queeny Tower, which at the time was an option for patients requiring an extended visit.
Peterson returned in 2000 for his transplant. Although he doesn’t know the exact number, over the past 12 years he has returned to the hospital more than 25 times for annual physicals and treatment related to rejection prevention. When the upper floors of Queeny Tower became office space for the hospital, Peterson had to look elsewhere for lodging.
“I was looking for a place not too far from the hospital and something affordable, because I have spent most of my savings on the transplant,” says Peterson.
Barnes Lodge fit the bill in multiple ways. Located at the south end of the medical campus, Barnes Lodge is within walking distance of the hospital. A patient/family shuttle also runs regularly to and from the hospital.
In 2011 alone, Peterson stayed at Barnes Lodge 12 times. “You could say I’m a regular,” says Peterson. “My experiences at Barnes Lodge have always been good. The staff is professional yet warm and considerate, the rooms are clean and the available kitchen is a bonus.”